Stewardship Corner

February 2020

Feb 28

“Rise and do not be afraid.” Jesus to Peter, James and John after the transfiguration

There it is again, the angelic comfort, “Do not be afraid.” This time, however, it comes from Jesus, who is pulling his inner circle back together after they have been terrified by the Transfiguration. They have just witnessed their rabbi, with whom they have been trudging all over Judea and Galilee for months, being transformed in...
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Feb 23

The woman saw that the tree was good for food, pleasing to the eyes, and desirable for gaining wisdom. So she took some of its fruit and ate it; and she also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.

Oh, my. The story of The Fall. St Augustine says that evil arises from choosing the lesser good. The tree offered food, beauty, wisdom but it wasn’t the will of God that the fruit should be eaten. “She also gave some to her husband, who was with her.” Huh? Really? How long has he been standing there??? All through the...
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Feb 16

For the Spirit scrutinizes everything, even the depths of God.

Wow. Let that settle in. Even the depths of God???!!!  Those of you who missed the talk by Fr. Michael Raschko (retired professor of theology and graduate of St. Therese School) given in our very own social hall last week missed a wonderful talk about the history of the Church and the tug between reform and conservatism, starting with St...
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Feb 13

Nor do they light a lamp and then put it under a bushel basket; it is set on a lampstand, where it gives light to all in the house.

One of our lights went out last week. Dr. Bill Wahl died early Friday morning. He and Kim were active for many years in Ground Zero, the effort to close the nuclear submarine base across the sound in Bangor. We have grown comfortable that Mutually Assured Destruction will keep us safe. Yet on at least two instances it has been so only by the...
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Feb 10

Now, Master, you may let your servant go in peace, according to your word, for my eyes have seen your salvation, which you prepared in sight of all the peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and glory for your people Israel.

Simeon is a holy man of Israel who has been told by the Holy Spirit that he would not die until he sees the Lord’s Messiah. He holds the baby Jesus and exclaims this canticle proclaiming that Jesus will be the light of the world, a declaration we heard last week in Matthew and made also in John. Let us go out and be that light in our...
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